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Megan and Wendy continue the Long Story Short brand with a new podcast! This weekly conversation will center around the topics they care about like parenting, beauty, self-care, pop culture, friendships, current events, all in the light and humourous style that they’re known for. Plus, they're creating weekly bonus episodes that recap that latest Hallmark original movies!

Long Story Short with Megan and Wendy: The Podcast Wendy Nielsen and Megan Samarin

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 37 Ratings

Megan and Wendy continue the Long Story Short brand with a new podcast! This weekly conversation will center around the topics they care about like parenting, beauty, self-care, pop culture, friendships, current events, all in the light and humourous style that they’re known for. Plus, they're creating weekly bonus episodes that recap that latest Hallmark original movies!

    Girls Gone Hallmark: Christmas in July Preview

    Girls Gone Hallmark: Christmas in July Preview

    Christmas in July has arrived on the Hallmark channel! Listen as Megan and Wendy discuss their thoughts on the three new premieres as well as the past movies they recommend watching this summer!







    Are we ready for a month of hot cocoa and ugly sweaters? Which of the three new releases will win our hearts? Email your predictions to us at meganandwendy@gmail.com.







    What Christmas in July movie are you looking forward to the most?













    Get all of the Christmas in July Movie Details







    Looking for more information about Christmas in July on Hallmark? We've listed all the movies here.







    What Stars Can We Expect to See in Christmas In July?







    Hallmark Channel features both Hallmark favorites and new faces in the Christmas in July premieres







    * "My Grown Up Christmas List" stars Kevin McGarry and Kayla Wallace. The pair also co-starred in Feeling Butterflies. We know and love Kevin McGarry from his turn in The Wedding Veil. * "Campfire Christmas" stars Corbin Bleu and Tori Anderson. While both are new to Hallmark, they're not new to the screen. * Millenials will recognize Corbin from his role in the High School Musical trilogy. * Tori Anderson played a starring role in No Tomorrow, a cute single season show about a girl who falls for a free spirit who believes the end of the world is nigh. * "Christmas in Toyland" stars Vanessa Lengies and Jesse Hutch.* Vanessa Lengies is starring in her second Hallmark movie after 2020's Heart of the Holidays* Jesse is no Christmas newbie either, having appeared in Chateau Christmas and Inn Love by Christmas, both in 2020.







    See Your Favorite Hallmark Stars at Christmas Con in August







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    Christmas Con is coming to California! You can grab single day tickets or an entire weekend pass for a chance to meet your favorite Hallmark Christmas movie stars like Lacey Chabert and Jonathan Bennet!







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    Grab an exclusive Dudes of Hallmark t-shirt featuring Luke Macfarlane and (Megan's favorite) Benjamin Ayres.











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    • 18 min
    Episode 71: Let Summer Ride

    Episode 71: Let Summer Ride

    BRAND NEW EPISODE: Megan and Wendy couldn't let the whole summer go by without weighing in on the state of things in the world and their lives. Listen in as they ask WTF SCOTUS?, share some rapid fire life complaints, and talk what's good. Plus a mini recap of what they've been watching, reading, and listening to. Plus, the mid-episode epiphany to let summer ride.







    An email from you after every episode is not weird at all. We promise. Email us at meganandwendy@gmail.com.







    BRAND NEW EPISODE: Megan and Wendy check in on how things are going this summer. Spoiler alert: tons of talk about the decision on Roe v. Wade and rapid fire life complaints. But, also what's good, a mini Pop Culture Club recap, and the return of Red Bull.











    Mentioned in this Episode







    * US Supreme Court reverses Roe vs. Wade via NPR* Daily actionable steps and information via Emily Amick @emilyinyourphone* Jamie B. Golden from the PopCast on Instagram at @jamiebgolden* See her Instagram highlights regarding abortion as mentioned in today's episode here.







    Who is Emily Amick?







    Emily Amick is a political consultant and former legal counsel for Senator Charles E. Schumer.







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    * Postcards to Voters (sign up to write postcards to Democratic voters in key races)* VOTE postcards from Meshwork Press Store on Etsy (affiliate link)* Be a Voter postcards from Postcards to Voters MYP (aff link)* When You Vote, We Win postcards from Voter Mailbag (aff link)







    Related: How to Get Involved in Politics







    Mini Pop Culture Recap







    We've pushed Pop Culture Club until next month but here's a quick recap of what we're watching, reading and listening to this summer.







    * Hollywood Houselift with Jeff Lewis on Amazon Freevee* Jeff Lewis Live on Radio Andy Sirius XM* a href="https://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/melissa-rivers-net-worth/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer n...

    • 48 min
    Girls Gone Hallmark: Two Tickets to Paradise

    Girls Gone Hallmark: Two Tickets to Paradise

    Megan and Wendy recap and review Hallmark's "Two Tickets to Paradise" starring Ashley Williams and Ryan Paevey. This movie premiered as part of Hallmark's Summer Nights line up on June 25, 2022. Spoiler alert: Megan's first impression says it all..."Ryan Freaking Paevey."







    What would you have rated "Two Tickets to Paradise?" - Email us at meganandwendy@gmail.com.







    Ashley Williams and Ryan Paevey star in this Hallmark Rom-Com about a bride and a groom left at the alter. Listen in as Megan and Wendy review "Two Tickets to Paradise."











    News and Notes







    Is When Calls The Heart Being Renewed for Season 10?







    * Hallmark Channel news: the long running series "When Calls the Heart" has been renewed for its tenth season via Deadline.







    Who is attached to Hallmark's The Way Home?







    Although we did not mention this on the podcast Andie McDowell has joined the cast of Hallmark's new primetime series "The Way Home." This series is set to premiere in 2023.







    Where was Two Tickets to Paradise Filmed?







    * Filming for "Two Tickets to Paradise" took place on Oahu, especially in and around Honolulu. Some filming took place at the Royal Hawaiian Resort. Here's an article on why the Royal Hawaiian Resort is pink.







    * Looks like Hallmark mega-star Lacey Chabert recently wrapped another Hallmark film in Hawaii. Maybe this will be premiere in the second half of Summer Nights in August? * It looks like the current working title is "Groundswell" adapted from the novel of the same time by Food Network Chef Katie Lee Biegel. Buy the book here on Amazon.* The story follows chef Emma who is recovering from a recent divorce. Emma heads to the Hawaiian islands to regain her footing and meets a surf instructor played by Hallmark newcomer Ektor Rivera.







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    Who Wrote Two Tickets to Paradise?







    * Back to "Two Tickets to Paradise" - this movie was written by Tracey Andreen who has over 30 writing credits, a lot of them being Hallmark movies.* Megan's favorite Tracey Andreen movie is "The Spirit of Christmas" starring Jen Lilley.







    Who Stars in Two Tickets to Paradise?







    * Ashley Williams and Ryan Paevey are the stars of Two Tickets to Paradise* Ryan Paevey got his start in music videos of artists like Christina Aguilera and Robin Thicke* Mary Margaret Humes plays Ryan Paevey's friend and Hawaiian bar owner. She's probably most known for her role as Dawson's mom in "Dawson's Creek."

    • 37 min
    Mini Ep: Summer Drinks to Cool Off With

    Mini Ep: Summer Drinks to Cool Off With

    Megan and Wendy are back with another mini summer episode! This week they are talking about being thirsty - for summer drinks to cool off with! Listen in as they talk best homemade iced coffee, non-alcoholic spritzers, at-home cocktails, yummy iced teas and flavor-infused waters.







    Edited to add: This episode was pre-recorded prior to the SCOTUS reversal of Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022. We want our listeners to know that we're pissed. We'll likely discuss this garbage decision on the next new episode scheduled for July 5, 2022. xx - M&W







    Got a favorite mocktail or sparkling water recipe you want to share with the class? Email us at meganandwendy@gmail.com.







    Megan and Wendy talk summer sips and summer drinks during this brand new mini summer episode.











    Mentioned in this Episode







    * Cherry Lime infused water recipe plus a round up of how to flavor your water* Iced tea recipes for summer* How to make iced coffee at home, plus the essentials you'll need* Copy Cat Coffee Bean Peach Jasmine Cold Brew Tea







    * Pebble Ice Maker Review







    Megan's Favorite Summer Drinks







    * Coffee: STOK cold brew ($4.79), Brew Over Ice Nespresso pods ($36)* Tea: Iced green tea (Starbucks), Trader Joe's Peppermint Tea* Sparkling Water* Beach Plum LaCroix ($3.99)* Pineapple Bubly * Pineapple Spindrift ($5.99)* Mocktails:* Cran Raspberry LaCroix with a splash of cranberry juice and a splash of orange juice* Raspberry Fauxjito via Cooktoria* Raspberry Lemonade Mockscow Mule







    Wendy's Go-To Summer Drinks







    * Hot Tea: Tazo Awake English Breakfast ($3.89)* Iced Black Tea Unsweetened (Starbucks)* Simply Lemonade * Sparking Water:* Pineapple Bubly* LimonCello LaCroix ($3.99)* Coconut LaCroix* Pamplemousse LaCroix ($3.99)* Lime Spindrift ($5.99)* Cocktails and Mocktails:* Coors Light * Chardonnay * Pineapple Juice/Orange Juice Spritzer

    • 22 min
    Fan Favorite Encore: Jennie Canzoneri and Sobriety

    Fan Favorite Encore: Jennie Canzoneri and Sobriety

    Megan and Wendy are proud to share this Fan Favorite encore episode of Conversations with Friends. Jennie Canzoneri joins them to talk about sobriety, why she chose a sober lifestyle, and how she now defines fun.







    Would you like to listen to more Conversations with Friends episodes? What subjects should we cover? Got an idea? Want to be a guest? Email us at meganandwendy@gmail.com.







    Megan and Wendy share a Fan Favorite encore episode where they talk with Jennie Canzoneri about living a sober lifestyle.











    Original Show Notes for Jennie's Episode







    We're linking the original show notes for this Jennie Canzoneri episode below. You'll find links to the book Jennie mentions and recommends plus the yummy candles she burns to set a different mood.







    Get the show notes here.







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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Girls Gone Hallmark: Color My World with Love

    Girls Gone Hallmark: Color My World with Love

    Megan and Wendy recap and review "Color My World with Love" starring Lily D. Moore, Erica Durance, and Benjamin Ayres. This film premiered on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on Sunday, June 11, 2022. Listen in as they discuss Hallmark Channel's treatment of a story about a couple with special challenges.







    Are you team Hallmark Movies & Mysteries? Email us at meganandwendy@gmail.com.







    Megan and Wendy review Hallmark Channel's "Color My World with Love" starring Lily D. Moore, Erica Durance, and Benjamin Ayres.











    Hallmark Channel Breaking News







    * Hallmark Channel is moving forward on a brand new series called "Ride." And we must ask...will this primetime series be "Yellowstone" for Hallmark? * Who would you like to see attached to this project? We said we would like to see Tyler Hynes and Nikki DeLoach in "Ride."







    News and Notes about "Color My World with Love"







    * Lily D. Moore plays Kendall. She has over 23 acting credits including tons of small stuff but also several episodes as Rebecca on the Netflix hit “Never Have I Ever,” an episode of Freeform’s “Single Drunk Female.” She currently has two projects in post production and is attending Clemson in the fall.* Erica Durance play Kendall's mom, Emma. We've seen Erica in "North to Home" on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as well as "Open By Christmas" from the 2021's Countdown to Christmas.* Benjamin Ayres last starred in Hallmark's "You, Me & the Christmas Trees" which kicked the 2021 Countdown to Christmas.* David Decanctis plays Brad. Along with Lily D. Moore, he is a Hallmark Channel newcomer.







    Mentioned in this Episode







    * This movie was co-written by Charlie Shahnaian who was previously married to Tori Spelling. This is his first project for Hallmark.* Peter Benson directed this film. He also directed "The Santa Stakeout" and "Sweet Carolina."







    Where was "Color My World with Love" Filmed?







    * This movie was filmed in Maple Ridge and the Greater Vancouver area of British Columbia, in Canada.











    What's Coming Up on Hallmark







    * We're about half way through Summer Nights 2022 with two movies remaining for June. We anticipate a second half of summer nights to begin in August, though there hasn't been an official announcement yet.* Merry Movie Week premieres on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries on June 23, 2022. * One of Megan's favorites: "Cranberry Christmas" airs on Tuesday, June 28th.* Christmas in July begins July 1st!

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

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37 Ratings

37 Ratings

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From A Guy Who Likes Girls Gone Hallmark.

Megan and Wendy have quietly created the best Hallmark Movie podcast out there. They are quick witted and entertaining yet not afraid to call out the network for taking false steps. But they also give Hallmark credit where it’s due for advancing their programming to reflect a changing demographic. To cap it all off, their audio quality is excellent and each episode is just the right length. Check it out!

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Hallmark reviews and news

I am glad to have found fellow Hallmark movie viewers with interesting takes and peeks inside the actors and writers.

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Down-to-earth and entertaining

I was introduced to Megan and Wendy though their social media channels, and their podcast has the same warmth, wit and relatability. For an elder millennial mom, they’re just a couple years ahead of me on the life track — and their approach to parenting, relationships and home life is comforting and attainable. (And they even got me to watch some Hallmark movies.) Their rapport with one another is genuine, and not tinged with oneupmanship like some podcasts I’ve listened to. I also appreciate that they’re making an effort to expand their world view while acknowledging their own privilege and blind spots.

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